Revel Red Hoppy Ale | Stoudts Brewing Co.

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Revel Red Hoppy AleRevel Red Hoppy Ale
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Revel Red Hoppy AleRevel Red Hoppy Ale

Brewed by:
Stoudts Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ShanePB on 11-10-2011

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Ratings: 275 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange mug.

Brew pours a clear deep copper color. Lots of bubbly action; thick tight bubble filled light tan head. Head sitting thick and fluffy. Really has nice action going on. Nice thick island as it approaches the mouth with each sip and settles right back down to protect the brew after. Very good sticky lace remains throughout. Good looking brew here.

Brew smells of caramel malts, citrus, bit of piney/resiny oily hops. Some mellow bread and yeast. Good nose on this one.

Brew is very tasty and balanced. Great carbonation and smoothness in the middle. Initially carbonated and prickly, almost spiced. Good pungent hops, citrus, oily and nice hop resin. Nice malt backbone in the middle to sweeten it up. Finishes with some nice stickiness from the hops. Nice and balanced with some drying in the end. Very good stuff here.

Great case worthy stuff here from Stoudts. An easy drinker that looks and tastes great.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.97/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an A-B flute on 1/3/12

Best by 5/16/12

Nice depth of honey-brown color with golden highlights at the stem; a tad hazy. Three finger head is fluffy and implodes cloistered pepperings of lace in its wake.

The aroma is pretty dull. Meager floral hops, caramel, bread and a very faint earthy hop note. Yawn. Hops are more assertive to taste, bringing a piney bitterness along with the floral notions. Thankfully there is more toasted bread than caramel. The beer also brings a thin, watery feel and prickly carbonation. One plus side (I reckon I'll call it) is the spicy, zesty, bitter finish that somehow salvages a bit of the disappointing feel. Finishes quite dry; I'll take it.

Overall impression - I dislike it less as the bottle wears on; it's passable, but not one I'd consider worthy of a repeat visit.

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Photo of renegadeburger
4.12/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

doing a taste of red ales which is now my new favorite style at least for the next two weeks haha we'll see how it goes well there goes it definitely red up to the top and clear as a bell too this one has a nice pure white alpine snow head on it

nice aroma here i definitely get a nice biscuit malt upfront then followed with a great little caramel underneath its really nice then a bit of nice lemon hops in there too

taste is nice balance definitely no off-flavor and quenching for sure

great mouthfeel in the end a little bit thin but overall enough substance to make it interesting and fun

overall a good red ale and recommended from me for sure i like this beer

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Photo of Runofthemiller
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of JWU
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a straight sided pint glass.

A- a nice translucent amber with a red tint to it. Thin white head that stick around a good bit. Very nice lacing down the glass.

S- likely the low point of the brew. Not much going on other than some light herbal hops, and maybe some sweet malt.

T- some prickly herbal hops bite up front, and are soothed out with some sweet light carmel malts. Long bitter finish, that's surprisingly not overly dry.

M- The high point of the brew. Stoudt's has a way with a creamy mouthfeel, and it really shines on this brew. Tight carbonation that dances on the tongue, but again, that creamy feeling finishes the swallow.

O- Honestly, if the malt bill were a little bit more balancing, this would be top notch. As is, it's certainly well crafted, and tasty, just not world class such as Troegs Hopback.

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.11/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours slightly hazy amber/orange with some forming ivory head and clinging bubbles.

Smells of apple flavored buttered popcorn with a breezy floral hop aroma. Generous amounts of malted sweetness ride with crackers and grain.

Taste further approaches grain with some sweetness. Hops are fully represented through subdued floral additions. Fresh, with some pine. Nice contrast between smell and taste.

Fairly average body..sort of blew through this one.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of scott2269
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Mcooly
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of mempath
4.55/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a deep amber (of course) with lively albino-caramel head...sticky lacing. nice to behold. nice dried fruit/mincemeat nose...very floral/herbal. same dried fruit sweetness comes in immediately as it hits the tongue, but that's a veneer to the massive, yet balanced (bready menthol!) hop attack (it is a 'Hoppy Ale'). very similar to one of my all-time favorites, another amber hopped-up ale: Troeg's Nugget Nectar. creamy, full mouthfeel makes this an overall finest moment for Stoudts! so glad to see this sort of non-IPA hop creature out there. planning to mix this with their Double IPA....cheers and happy holidays!

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Photo of Kendo
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a Sam Smith's nonic-style pint glass. Body is clear orangey-amber with a fluffy, 1-finger ekru-colored head. Settles to leave a thick, splotchy ring of lacing up top.

S: Not terribly strong in the nose - caramel malt and some earthiness.

T: Caramel malt and toffee sweetness up front and mid-sip, then a modest hop bitterness provides balance. Some aspirin-like and minerally bitterness is noted too. Still, on the aftertaste the sweetness returns and remains lingering long after the beer is swallowed.

M: Carbonation is a little too sharp for this beer. Call it medium in heft.

O: Decent. Not sure what hops they use, but they're not my favorite - at least not in this beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Had this one on-tap at Oak Barrel Tavern, poured into a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Great lacing.

S: A somewhat muted aroma of hops, malt, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of light, grassy hops, citrus, and a little bit of malt in the finish. Ambers are typically not the most complex-tasting beers, and this is no exception. That being said, it's a solid enough flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a decent, drinkable beer that ends up being a bit forgettable.

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Photo of atd132
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ajaxivan
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of fmccormi
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from 12oz bottle (pry-off) to Luettich balloon-style glass (Bruery tulip); no freshness date is apparent on this bottle.

Appearance (3.5): Deep orange-auburn color in the body, totally clear; head starts at one finger of light tan, tight bubble, and fades to a hazy film on the surface with a few fat bubbles floating around. Some lacing, not much.

Smell (4.0): Very nice earthy, slightly grassy hop note in the nose—very, very earthy. Kind of a honey-sweet, märzen-like malt character evident. Not bad, interesting combo for the style, smells very Old World.

Taste (3.5): There’s a much stronger grassy, slightly herbal hop character to the palate—a lot more hop than what you get in the nose, but it doesn’t leave too much of a dent, either. Very earthy, too. Malts leave a grainy, not-too-sweet flavor lingering—very little toasted character here, but really not a sweet (or roasty, for that matter) beer. This tastes like a well-hopped märzen to me. Not bad, not great but definitely enjoyable.

Mouthfeel (4.0): This is nice. Light, foamy carbonation accented by a few bubbly pin pricks here and there. Just heavier than what I’d call “light,” this finishes pretty dry and is very, very drinkable.

Overall (3.5): It’s pretty good! It’s nothing super-memorable but it’s enjoyable and it’s kind of nice to see more of an Old-World take on the style. Earth and grass aren’t what people expect when they see “Hoppy [Red] Ale” on the label, but I appreciate it. My favorite American Ambers might be the Nugget Nectar-style hop grenades, but this is quite good in its own right.

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Photo of andyschaps
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled mere days before review. Crystal clear amber with lots of reddish highlights. Big fluffy cream colored head. Good retention, sticky lacing.

Sweet and malty aroma followed by a lovely, mildly tropical and perfumy hoppiness; faintly boozy underneath.

Very balanced flavor not dominated by any one of its many aspects; sweet malt with lots of caramel; fresh and bitter hops with perfume, floral, and tropical fruit notes, mostly pineapple. More pineapple and tangerine emerge as the beer warms. Punchy alcohol.

Medium high, lively carbonation. Long aftertaste that's both bitter and boozy. This one is pretty powerful. Interesting; I almost felt like this was too fresh and that's a little too bitter. Could use a little more in the way of caramel sweetness; hop varietals are not all that interesting to be so in your face. Also might be a little too boozy. Still, this is a good beer that drinks like a DIPA. Another nice one from Stoudt's.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.56/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stoudts Revel Red

Pours a brilliant bright copper with a large foam collar and some lacing. Aromas of caramel, citrusy hops and light floral elements. In the taste, mellow hops giving off small orange/grapefruit notes but hiding underneath a caramel malt body. Well balanced, neither too sweet or bitter. Not mind blowing or challanging, more of a simple session red with a little ABV behind it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and overall, would be a nice beer to compliment a wide array of cuisine.

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Photo of 1p5v
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Clear light amber color. One and a half fingers of creamy beige head. Retention is average with small amounts of nonuniform lacing.

3.0 S: Not really that hoppy despite the label telling me that it would be. Anyway, floral and herbal hops. Moderate caramel. That's about it.

3.5 T: Same deal as the nose. Mildly hoppy with a flowery and herbal taste. Caramel from the malts. Very clean. Taste good, but pretty standard.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Mild creaminess. Feels right for the brew.

3.5 D: A tasty, clean, easy drinking amber, but that's all it is. Don't expect to be impressed, but you'll enjoy it nonetheless.

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Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good, lasting head (settles in a rocky fashion) which leaves good ring lace on the glass. Very clear, deep amber color.

Mostly a toffee smelling sweetness from the malt. Light earthiness. Almost no hop bitterness to the nose.

Initial earthiness that comes from the smell. Dry, darker malt beginning to the flavor. Strong hop finish with a long bitter aftertaste. Full bodied with a low carbonation.

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Photo of bacher468
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ububru
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of Jimmys
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. no bottled on date. into tulip.

A: bright brownish/red. very clear. just wish the head was bigger to start as well as hung around for a bit.

S: aroma is a mash up of american hops and caramel smells. maybe a little bit of green apple? maybe just me...

T: there is an assertive hop bitterness throughout the drink. almost too much. it seems like the malt is struggling to find its place in this brew. finish has even more of a healthy dose of bitterness in it. i like hops, i like bitter, but this body needs some balance.

M: carbonation is low. too low. this brew should have a bit more fizz. light/medium body.

D: certainly drinkable, but not really seek-worthy in my opinion. there a lot of negatives i am finding and in a world filled with some rocking red ales i would pick another up.

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Revel Red Hoppy Ale from Stoudts Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.47 out of 5 with 275 ratings